After making the pop box card/envelopes and designing the contents for my Explosion Box, I realized a lot of hand cutting was involved. For what I had in mind a paper die cutter was definitely needed. This is my journey and research into picking the right paper die cut machine for ME. EVERYONE’s needs may be different.
- No mat
- No expensive cartridges
- Good customizable software
- Reasonable price
- Ability to cut 12″x 12″, 8.5″x11″, scrap card stock
- Ability to cut other materials
- Color variety
My research led me to the most popular but after reviewing forums, I realized #1 & #2 of my criteria. I also knew I would not use the majority of cartridge designs, did not want to maintain or buy mats and would prefer to design many of my own designs. You Tube was a good resource for different die cut machines. Amazon.com , blogs, and Yahoo Group forums were also great research sources. Next I set a price, notated my criteria in a notebook then made a comparison chart for each of the models I was considering. It came down to the Pazzle and the ECrafte by Craftwell. For me I really wanted to use third party software to enhance what I could do. I listed the pros and cons. Next I Googled the prices. This led me to Overstock.com for the eCraft where I not only saved a lot but saved more by joining the OClub and gained $42 in reward points and FREE shipping. I chose Make The Cut software to create cutting files. Their website had a special and I saved $20 dollars!! WOOT WOOT! It also turns out they had recently joined Craftwell to make the software compatible with the eCrafter. (I learned that from the YahooGroup forum). *What I’m learning is that it’s SOFTWARE, SOFTWARE, SOFTWARE. Then the machine you want/need. It turns out that not only can the eCrafter cut out intricate designs as small as 1/2″ but it also cuts, paper, cardstock, vinyl, vellum, fabric, some types of felt, magnetic, chip board, etc. Anything not thicker than 1mm. Best of all, it came in a variety of colors including my favorite color of blue! HURRAY!!
LOL Now I need a craft room . . . . . .